unanswerable

adjective
un·​an·​swer·​able | \ ˌən-ˈan(t)s-rə-bəl How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) , -ˈan(t)-sə-\

Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered also : irrefutable

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Other Words from unanswerable

unanswerability \ ˌən-​ˌan(t)s-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unanswerability (audio) , -​ˌan(t)-​sə-​ \ noun
unanswerably \ ˌən-​ˈan(t)s-​rə-​blē How to pronounce unanswerably (audio) , -​ˈan(t)-​sə-​ \ adverb

Examples of unanswerable in a Sentence

the unanswerable assertion that she didn't know much about art but she knew what she liked

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Faced with an unanswerable question, our species generally comes up with theories, guesses, myths and fantasies. Vicki Goldberg, New York Times, "The Moon Sits for Its Portrait," 3 July 2019 This is my attempt to answer the unanswerable questions. oregonlive.com, "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 Chantal Delsol's Icarus Fallen asks us to confront the unanswerable in our search for meaning and virtue. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 June 2019 And the researchers determined that the question of whether fecundity is changing is currently unanswerable based on current data. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Sperm counts are falling. This isn’t the reproductive apocalypse — yet.," 30 May 2019 Big groups, big brains, big appetites At this point, the conversation revolves around correlations—between brains, social groups, and environmental factors—which leaves certain questions frustratingly unanswerable. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The evolutionary mystery of gigantic human brains," 23 Aug. 2018 And there is another unanswerable question on their minds: Was there something — anything — the school could have or should have done differently that might have altered what happened that day and prevent it from ever happening again? Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 The question of why a writer can make the words on the page come to felt life in one genre but not another — why the gift of expressiveness is extended here while that of appreciation goes there — this question remains unanswerable. Vivian Gornick, New York Times, "James Wood’s New Novel Confronts the Mystery of Other Minds," 14 June 2018 The question—ultimately unanswerable—revolves around proportions. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of unanswerable

1613, in the meaning defined above

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unanswerable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered
: impossible to prove wrong

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